If asked, many Trojan football fans would probably say that USC's most important game will be against Oregon or perhaps Notre Dame...maybe even UCLA.
The truth of the matter is that the most important game of 2012 for the men of Troy will take place this Thursday on the road against the Utes in Salt Lake City, Utah.
That is because the Trojans have, quite frankly, been disappointing so far in 2012.
With a 3-1 record that has been highlighted by a boat full of inconsistency, USC entered this bye week searching for their first complete game of the year.
For Lane Kiffin and his coaching staff, that game needs to at least approximate realization against Utah.
Having the benefit of extra time to work out the season long kinks, USC needs to approach the potential so many thought they had when Matt Barkley decided to complete that "unfinished business."
But how will they do it?
They can begin by satisfying five important keys against the Utes and this slide show will highlight those areas that can ensure a Trojan win in as important a game they will play all year.